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From a Service of Thanksgiving: St Chad



Thanksgiving Prayer


[A Service of Thanksgiving for 1300 Years of Christianity in the Denery of Yarborough St. Mary's Church Barton on Humber Sunday January 24th 11 am]


The Rev. J. E. Swaby, M.A., Vicar of Barton on Humber and Rural Dean of Yarborough will sing the Service.
The Ven. S. Harvie Clark, M.A., Archdeacon of Stow, will read a Lesson.
The Rt. Rev. K. Riches, D.D., Bishop of Lincoln, will lead the Thanksgiving.
The Most Rev, and Rt. Hon, D.F. Coggan, D.D., Archbishop of York and Primate of England, will preach the sermon.
Organist S. A. Freernont.
Choirmistress E. M. Swaby, L.R.A.M.
M.C. The Rev. I. H. Arbuckle.


The Banner of St. Chad
The United Choir
The Cross of St. Peter
The Readers of the Deanery
Representatives of the Barton Council of Churches
The Clergy of the Deanery
The Cross of St. Mary
The Rural Dean The Archdeacon
The Churchwardens of St. Peter
The Archbishop of York
The Churchwardens of St. Mary
The Bishop of Lincoln


For Chad and all who brought glad tidings to North Lincolnshire,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For bishops, priests and faithful ministers of Word and Sacraments,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For all the folk who by their lives have shown thee to the world,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For all who fought the batttes of the poor and weak,
Hallowed be thy Name
For all who went from us to serve thee overseas,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For all mothers who gave their children gifts that money cannot buy,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For the growing fellowship between Christans of different traditions,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For teachers wise and eloquent in their instructions, and for such as have found out musical tunes,
Hallowed be thy Name.

For physicians whose healing is from the most high, for rich men furnished with ability, and the lowly merciful men who have left no memorial,
Hallowed be thy Name.
To the towns and villages of Humberside
Thy kingdom come.

In factories and fields, on rivers and on roads
Thy kingdom come.

In houses and in hospitals, in schools and shops
Thy kingdom come.

By our loyalty. our ccurage and our sacrifice
Thy kingdom come.

By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Thy kingdom come.
Lord, use me as thou wilt and where thou wilt, Thy will be done. Lord, use me in suffering or use me in doing, Thy will be done. Lord, use me in weakness and use me in strength, Thy will be done.
Lord, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same until it be thoroughly accomplished, that yieldeth the true glory through him who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Four brothers went to school on Holy Island. All became priests. Two of them became bishops. Chad became Bishop of York in 666, but, when his consecration was declared irregular, he quietly retired, saying that ne had never been worthy of the office. In 669 he was made Bishop of Mercia or the Midlands. He died at Lichfield in 672. Bede says he was a holy man, modest, learned in the Scriptures, and one who was careful to practise all he found in them.´
Yarborough takes its name from the “eorthburg’ or earth-work which the Celts built in Croxton to defend the Kirmington Gap. It became a meeting place for the men of the area. Today the Christians of this wide district meet to thank God for St.Chad. For it is about 1300 years since the King of Mercia gave him land for a monastery at Barrow or Barton, and it was he and his followers who brought the Faith to Yarborough. Appropriately St. Chad´s successor at York (now an Archbishop) comes to preach in the church by the pond where tradition says the saint [was?] baptised.
How soon were the parishes formed? The towers at Broughton and Barton St. Peter are Saxon, and there are traces of Saxon work at Elsham, Worlaby, and the old church at Barnetby. In 1086 there were also churches at Bigby, South Ferriby, Melton Ross, Ulceby and Wrawby, and to this incomplete list we can safely add Hibaldstow and Kirton. Hibaldstow is the “place of Higbald’, the austere abbot and friend of St. Chad. From him the churches at Scawby and Manton take their name. Kirton or Churchtown was perhaps the centre from which missionaries went out to Grayingham and Waddingham, which were the oldest Anglian settlements in the Deanery. They perhaps went also to the men of the Reedy burn or stream (Redbourne) and to the Danes at Snitterby.
A third saint associated with Yarborough is St. Gilbert of Sempringham. He founded a religious order and received Extreme Unction at Newstead in Cadney before being taken to die at Sempringham when a hundred years old.
The outstanding religious house in the Deanery was at Thornton, and in 1965 we met around our Bishop in the ruins to celebrate the Eucharist on the site of the old High Altar for the first time since the Reformation.
There were other houses at Bonby, Limber and Elsham, and a large monastic grange at Horkstow. Brock!esby had two houses. The one called Newsham or Newhouse was founded by William of Gossle (Goxhill). The one called Nun Coton once had a prioress who was in trouble for showing favour to her relations. The Prioress of Gokewell, in Broughton, used the pension given her when her house was dissolved as her wedding dowry.
The Church´s care for the sick was shown by the found-ation of hospitals. The largest medieval one in the Deanery was at Brigg, and there is still a hospital in that town where Christians carry on the old tradition. Brigg did not become a separate ecclesiastical parish until 1843. Until then the community which had grown up around the Glandford Brigg was a chapelry in Wrawby.
Barton St. Mary was certainly used as a school in the 17th and 18th centuries, and it may have housed the medieval Barton Grammar School. The Church School at Barton keeps its 125th anniversary this year. In it, as in the other Church and County schools of the Deanery, Christian teachers continue the tradition of caring for the young.
What of the future ? At Wootton there is a chalice which is said to be the oldest extant piece of dated Hull silver. It reminds us that the Humber unites as well as divides north Lincolnshire and south Yorkshire. The emphasis is now on the union, and we become more and more part of one industrialised Humberside region. Into that new era we should take at least four things.
The first is thankfulness for the growing fellowship between Christians of different traditions. We are sorry that space does not permit us to note the work of Roman Catholics, Methodists, Congregationalists and Salvationists, but we are glad they share in our celebrations.
The second is the conviction that the Church consists primarily of people and not of buildings. In Barton St. Mary the is a tablet erected by a Rector of Saxby to his good young wife. It says, "Such walles doe build God´s house, true living stones."
The third is the missionary spirit of Bishop Tozer who worked in North Kelsey, wore himself out in Central Africa and rebuilt South Ferriby church in 1888.
The fourth is the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever.


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